We automatically think of a farmhouse as being located in the back country. However in recent years the popularity of the modern farmhouse style means these styles of homes inspired by Old American farm classics can be found in our suburbs too. Whether you plan to buy an antique farmhouse or a new build one, you can add to its natural charm with these tips for maximizing curb appeal. Everything counts, from the paint colors to the porch decor.

Wraparound porch. A proper porch is a farmhouse must: If your home’s porch is in poor condition or (but yes! update that) doesn’t have a porch at all, consider updating or building this feature.

Standing-seam metal roof. If you’re in the market for a new roof for your farmhouse, consider going with standing-seam metal rather than shingles. This roofing material has sleek good looks that are farm-appropriate yet modern, and lasts much longer than traditional shingles.

✴️Get the little details just right. Choose classic, hefty, dark hardware for the front door, mailbox and house numbers. And in the summer, you can’t go wrong with a flag displayed on a stand on the front porch.

✴️Split-rail fence. Not just for barnyards, a split-rail fence has a charmingly rustic look that can provide the ideal frame for your farmhouse. To boost curb appeal, choose a low split-rail fence that enhances rather than blocks the view of your home.

✴️White picket fence. In a denser suburban area, a white picket fence can make a lovely choice for a farmhouse. It will fit in well in most neighborhoods, and complements a classic white farmhouse with black shutters beautifully.

✴️Outfit your porch for sitting. A porch swing, pair of rockers and small table and chairs for playing cards are all good options for furnishing the farmhouse porch.

✴️Barn-inspired garage. If your property has a garage, give it the same exterior treatment as the main house for a harmonious look. Barn-inspired details like shutters, a cupola and a weather vane make a garage look right at home on the farm.

✴️Light up the night. Classic lantern-style lights or gooseneck barn sconces are the finishing touches that will make your farmhouse look warm and inviting from the street.